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12 Days of Christmas: Goodness

Goodness is a fruit of the Spirit that I see in bloom especially during the Christmas season. Motorists seem friendlier. Shoppers try to be more patient. And store cashiers, though visibly tired, have ready smiles. Similarly, I am more prone to give and be sensitive to those in need around this time of the year. […]

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12 Days of Christmas: Patience

Like millions of people, I love to celebrate Christmas. Unfortunately, it also can be a very stressful time of the year. Patience – loads of it – is what I need, so I don’t lose my joy in this happiest season of all. I find that many of the things that test my patience are […]

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12 Days of Christmas: Love

It’s Christmastime and all of us are whirring around, frazzled and distracted. Today, I invite you to join me and pause. Take a deep breath to focus on something simpler and more dazzling than anything you may or may not have wrapped yet. After all, we give gifts on Christmas to mirror the love expressed […]

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The Gift of Independence

My grandfather was a farmer in the United States. My sister and I enjoyed many summers on his arid Colorado acreage. As a farmer, he had a lot of independence. Grandpa pretended to need our help raising his corn and beats. He attached a seat for each of us on the fenders of his John […]

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Beating Malnutrition with Tasty Cooking

  To combat the malnutrition, Food for the Hungry (FH) created care groups for fathers and mothers to learn about nutritious foods and hygiene for disease prevention and improve health. The care groups consisted of one FH staff teaching 10 to 15 people. Once the people in the group learned the information, they formed their […]

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Tree Seedlings Grow Mother’s Hope

It’s amazing how tiny tree seedlings can make such a difference in a person’s life and community. Little trees changed the life of Marcelline Maniema in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. She used to be hungry all the time—as was her husband and eight children. But when Food for the Hungry (FH) started working […]

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Habitam and baby daughter

World Food Day: Changing the Hunger Numbers in Ethiopia

This World Food Day, I was reading through Food for the Hungry’s (FH) stories. My attention kept gravitating to the numbers. This story about Habtam, a woman in Ethiopia is no different: 3 = Number of children 1 = Age of youngest baby 1 = Additional family member Habtam is supporting – in this case, […]

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Uganda: Sponsored Child Gets Special Visit

Robin, a Food for the Hungry (FH) child sponsor, recently traveled to Uganda to meet Abraham. He was the little boy who was her sponsored child and who had written to her for the past year. She’d been writing him, too. They were finally going to meet. She described their introduction like this: “I… was […]

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Experience for Saving Lives

I like learning. I’m happiest working on a new skill. This weekend, it was masonry. I built an outdoor kitchen for my backyard. After the skeleton was built, I sheathed the exterior in cement board. Then, it was time to apply stucco. In the Southwest, where I live, stucco is the most common exterior surface […]

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That’s a Lot of Potatoes!

Potatoes. Let’s contemplate the solanum tuberosum. According to the North Carolina Potato Association, spuds are the second most consumed food in the United States. The wonderful tater is a great source of fiber, vitamin C, minerals that prevent cancer and heart disease, and each one provides more than 600 mgs. of potassium. Americans consume about […]

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